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George McGovern is an American politician who ran a presidential campaign in 1972 representing the Democratic Party. His campaign advocated putting an end to the Vietnam War and developing a program of liberal social and economic reforms at home. His presidential campaign ended up unsuccessfully as he was insufficient in unifying the party and lost to incumbent Richard M. Nixon, who won by a landslide. Before his 1972 presidential campaign, McGovern earned the Distinguished Flying Cross as a WWII pilot, taught at Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961, served as the director of the Food and Peace Program under President John F. Kennedy, and served in the U.S. Senate for two terms in 1962 and 1968. McGovern also wrote a few books, including his 1977 autobiography Grassroots.
Britannica. (n.d.). George McGovern. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/George-McGovern